Day trip

From Chania Areas: Balos Beach & Gramvousa Island Day Trip

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Chania Areas: Balos Beach & Gramvousa Island Day Trip

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 20.80 per person

Discover the westernmost tip of Crete on a scenic bus and boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay. Pickup from Kalyvess provides an all-inclusive option with your boat ticket and a Venetian Fortress entry ticket included.

12 - 14
Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).


  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Balos Bay
  • Climb the Venetian fortress on Gramvousa Island for unique views
  • Cross to Balos Bay at the northernmost tip of the peninsula by boat
Full description

Leave Chania behind and head on a day trip to Kissamos on a guided tour. Enjoy a boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon Beach and admire the landscape and panoramic views.

Your day starts with a pickup from your hotel or at a specific pickup point with the bus. Depending on the option you choose, enjoy pickup from Chania, Kalyves, or Almyrida. Drive towards the west side of Crete in order to reach the port of Kissamos Kasteli.

After receiving all the necessary information about the cruise from your escort, arrive at the port where the Gramvousa ferry awaits you to start the cruise.

Your escort will collect the money for the boat tickets from you so you can skip the lines at the ticket offices. If you've chosen the option leaving from Kalyves and Almyrida, your boat ticket and Fortress entrance are included.

At about 10:40 AM, set off for the island of Gramvousa which takes approximately 45 minutes. Help yourself to the ferry kitchen with self-service dishes, meals, or snacks (at your own expense). You can sit back on a deck chair or in the lounge.

During your cruise, see the elevation of the land along the cliff edges of Crete. This elevation has happened for over 2000 years. The history of the island is explained through microphones in different languages.

Once you arrive at the island of Gramvousa, you can either swim or take a hike to the top of the island to the Venetian fortress. There you have 2.5 hours before you continue to the lagoon of Balos which is 20 minutes away.

Enjoy 3 hours at the lagoon. You may go back to the boat to purchase food at any time or hire umbrellas if the heat is too intense. After a swim and relaxation at the lagoon, the boat will take you straight back to the port of Kissamos.

This is a great photo opportunity as the sun will be behind you as you look out to the scenery of the island. At 6:00 PM the ferry arrives at the port and the journey comes to an end. Return time to your starting point in time for dinner.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transfers by modern fully air-conditioned coach
  • Guide in English
  • Professional Driver
  • Free time to explore Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island
  • Entrance ticket to the Venetian Fortress (optional, €1, paid in cash on site)
  • Boat ticket to Gramvousa island (€29 per adult and children 5 - 12 years €14.50, to be paid in cash on site)
  • Lunch (€7 per person, optional)
  • Towel
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Sun umbrellas (available to rent)
  • Photographer on the boat (at extra cost)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Lunch and water can be purchased on board the boat
  • The cost of the boat ticket and the Venetian Fortress entry ticket (€30) is not included in the option with pickup from Chania
  •  This tour can only be booked by those staying in the areas of Perivolia, Halepa, Halidon Street Alpha Bank, Chania center, Kladissos, Nea Chora, Agioi Apostoloi, Xrysi Akti, Daratso, Galatas, Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, and Gerani
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 626 reviews

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Generally good feeling about the tour. Pickup & drop off on time. The tour guide is experienced and nice, welcoming. Having historical stories about the destinations on the way back! And remember to be on time for bus/ ferry on/off time - tour guide would be very happy if you follow. Otherwise it will affect other tourists and sometimes even the driver/ tour guide!

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September 25, 2022

If you are in crete then this is a must watch. Especially if you like to swim in different waterscapes! If you enjoy the venetian history or architecture or just need to do more attractions then the castle/fort in gramvousa is also another hit. We lived the convenience provided by this platform. Just searched what to do in crete and after booking this all we had to do was be at our pickup point on the date of the booking. Rest was taken care of and the guide Elena was amazing at informing and giving suggestions on making the best out of out day trip. This trip is definitely a must do!

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September 21, 2022

Everything was great - the tour company and guide were polite and informative. We had a few hours at every stop - plenty for some swimming or sunbathing. The only negative is that the price for the boat is not included. That might be my mistake for not noticing though because it is listed in the description.

September 13, 2022

Product ID: 114928